Italian police said that they uncovered a plot to form a new Nazi party and seized a cache of weapons during searches across the country.
Police in 16 towns and cities from the Mediterranean island of Sicily to the Alps in northern Italy took part in the investigation, which was launched two years ago.
The probe revealed a “huge and varied array of subjects, residents in different places, united by the same ideological fanaticism and willing to create an openly pro-Nazi, xenophobic and antisemitic movement”, a police statement said.
The new party was called the Italian National Socialist Party of Workers and police showed off a range of Nazi paraphernalia, including swastikas and pictures of Adolf Hitler seized during searches of 19 properties. They also found a large number of weapons, including pistols, hunting rifles and crossbows.
The group had forged links with extremist groups abroad, including in Portugal, Britain and France, police said.